by Mirriam Chabala on 18 Jan 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jan 2019by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 18 Jan 2019by Geofrey Zulu on 18 Jan 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Joseph Mwenda on 18 Jan 2019by Diggers Correspondent on 17 Jan 2019by Alex Chilumbwe on 14 Jan 2019by Joseph Mwenda on 9 Jan 2019
by Milimo Namangala on 17 Jan 2019by Claver Mutinta on 15 Jan 2019by Geofrey Zulu on 15 Jan 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 14 Jan 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Jan 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 17 Jan 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 17 Jan 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Jan 2019
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Editor on 17 Jan 2019by Diggers Reporter on 17 Jan 2019by Diggers Editor on 16 Jan 2019by Diggers Editor on 15 Jan 2019
by Claver Mutinta on 13 Dec 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 28 Sep 2018by Tenson Mkhala on 28 Sep 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018
- Guest Diggers
by Anthony Bwalya on 16 Jan 2019by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 14 Jan 2019by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 7 Jan 2019by Sampa Kabwela on 6 Jan 2019
We’ll collect TV levy and pay ZNBC if they perform – IBABy Mukosha Funga on 3 Apr 2018
Independent Broadcasting Authority Director General Josephine Mapoma says beginning April, the Authority will collect the K5 TV levy via SMS and pay ZNBC when it performs in a satisfactory manner.
And Mapoma says in future, some community radio and TV stations which carter for areas which are un-serviced by ZNBC will benefit from TV levy.
Speaking when she featured on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview, Mapoma said it was better for IBA to collect the TV levy on behalf of the national broadcaster in order to enhance accountability.
“There will be a performance charter between ZNBC and the minister. I think the policy of government now, they want to see on behalf of the Republic of Zambia, whether this levy is being utilized well by ZNBC. You are aware that the Minister of Information will be going to Parliament to tell Parliament how the TV levy is being utilized. So, I see the scenario of government coming out with a different model in order to safe guard the interest of the public, not that they don’t believe in ZNBC. There is nothing wrong with ZNBC receiving the money via IBA on the basis of your performance. Because you can’t be given money when you are not performing, perform your mandate and be given the money and whoever is giving you the money will be very happy,” Mapoma said.
Asked if that meant ZNBC would be at the mercy of government in its judgement of what kind of performance was pleasing, Mapoma said it was important for ZNBC to be accountable for the money it was getting.
“ZNBC has a national mandate and therefore, we don’t see how government can allow ZNBC to beg. We believe in ZNBC, that they are hardworking and professional people and they are aware of the labour laws in this country and they will make sure that at no time will there be a situation where there isn’t money for ZNBC to operate, including the levy itself. So it will come and it will never be at the IBA’s mercy. I want to make it very clear that when you are receiving money, surely, you should be accountable to the people that are paying this levy and therefore, over the past 17 years, the accountability, maybe it was there, maybe it was not there,” she said.
“What we are saying is that there will be accountability of the levy in many ways. First of all, the SMS, under our Act, we are allowed to audit their books and therefore they cannot cheat us on what they are making, it cannot give us false information about the number of subscribers. I also earlier said that we will be audited to make sure that the money meant for ZNBC goes to ZNBC. I don’t know whether the money in the past, which ZNBC got directly for themselves and from Zesco was being audited.”
She said the IBA already had one million subscribers on its SMS system.
“We are ready to start collecting this April, they will start collecting on 1st of April and the publicity in terms of collecting will still continue, the remittance of that money will not be in April, it will come on the 10th of May and on the 14th of May, IBA will remit to the corporation the money we would have received from the SMS. I have already put it on record that subscription is per individual, the individual family will decide to subscribe to the SMS. I have also made it very clear that for now, we have one million subscribers and if you start multiplying that by K5, surely the money will even be more than what you are collecting. In the past, the collection was by TV set, the scenario has now changed,” Mapoma said.
Asked what role IBA would play to ensure citizens were satisfied with ZNBC, Mapoma said the authority would ensure that the national broadcaster adhered to a performance charter to be signed with the Minister of Information.
“First of all, I don’t know what details will be in the performance charter between ZNBC and the minister. When we get it, we will, on behalf of the minister implement what is in that charter. We believe that in that charter, there will be performance indicators by the national broadcaster and we believe that those performance indicators will be met by the national broadcaster. We believe one of the things which will be in there will be ethical standards and those will be that there will be fair publicity to all citizens of the republic regardless of their religious concerns, because you are a national broadcaster and by your mandate, you have got an obligation to cover every citizen of this country so we believe some of those things will be included and we shall use that charter on behalf of the minister to tell the minister, minister, your charter is being adhered to and the performance of ZNBC is in accordance with the charter. And we believe ZNBC will do every well because they will know someone is watching and secondly, they will have a performance charter therefore they need to perform according to the performance plan,” she said.
And when reminded that some private TV stations felt they needed to benefit from the levy, Mapoma said some community radio and TV stations servicing areas unreachable by ZNBC would soon start benefiting from TV levy.
“There are some community radio stations that are making sure that the communities there are receiving enough information which is vital to that community and in these communities, ZNBC is not there so they are more or less playing the role of ZNBC so if these community radio stations or TV stations came in the near future and there is a broadcasting levy, it could be appropriate that they be given some funding in order for them to survive because the IBA is there to promote a prolific and diverse media or broadcasting industry in Zambia and in order to do that, we need to help everybody but as the law stands right now, the TV levy will be going to ZNBC,” said Mapoma.
About Mukosha Funga
Mukosha Funga is a Zambian journalist interested in good governance and anti corruption reporting.
- Zambia will be middle income country by 2030 – Lungu - 17 Jan 2019
- Those in Esther’s entourage are going to inspect fire trucks donation – Amos - 16 Jan 2019
- Talks on who will represent parties at dialogue unnecessary – Church - 15 Jan 2019
- Mulongoti’s wife hails Lungu - 15 Jan 2019
- Lungu u-turns on call for Govt of National Unity in DRC - 15 Jan 2019
- We’re brainstorming on how to achieve Mayor’s free WiFi dream – Mwale
- Chipenzi sues FODEP, demanding K450,000 terminal benefits
- Mines are saying they can’t wait for me to come – HH
- Silencing dissenting voices undermining democracy – CiSCA
- I’ll sell all my clothes to sponsor LCC Football Club – Sampa
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
ArchivesFeb0 PostsMar0 PostsApr0 PostsMay0 PostsJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend